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Study shows how children relate to their pets


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18 Jun 2013

In a study of more than 1,000 school children, scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that the bond between a child and their pet is a significant part of growing up in families from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds.

Research at Liverpool, in collaboration with MARS Petcare and the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool City Council, investigated the factors that influenced this relationship, such as gender and if the child had siblings....

Foreign Office warning on travel insurance for Brits abroad


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17 Jun 2013

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is urging young British travellers to take out sufficient insurance to cover risky activities abroad in order to avoid ‘sky-high’ medical costs.

The warning follows a survey by the FCO that reveals that 45% of Brits between the ages of 16 and 24 failed to check that their insurance covered adventurous pursuits, despite four in five of them admitting to participating in potentially dangerous activities while on holiday, including 30% who have been jet skiing, a fifth who have driven a moped or a quad bike and one in eight who have been skydiving or bungee jumping....

Drilling under the influence: Brits admit to drunken DIY


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15 Jun 2013

As many as 3.3 million Brits have attempted DIY when they were drunk in the past year, according to research.

The new study found that 11% of men and three per cent of women confessed to trying to undertake DIY or other home improvements after two or more drinks.

Although this much alcohol would likely push them above the legal limit for driving, Brits were still willing to risk handling powertools and other potentially dangerous equipment....

Left-pawed dogs found to be more aggressive


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14 Jun 2013

Is your dog over-zealously greeting the postman? Is he or she tormenting next door’s cat?

They may have a valid excuse. They might not be badly behaved, they might just be ‘left pawed’.

Scientists have discovered evidence to suggest that dogs which prefer to use their left paw are more aggressive to strangers than right-pawed ones.

Australian academics conducted test among a group of dogs to establish which paw they preferred and then analysed various traits in the behaviour....

Unnecessary claims boost home contents premiums


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12 Jun 2013

Brits are paying £17 million more than they need to as a result of avoidable home contents claims, a new study shows

Accidents are the most common cause of claims on British home contents policies, a recent study shows. Spillages on sofas and damage to electrical appliances and other such avoidable events lead to more than a third of all home contents claims....